Pine Siskin Among Shrubs
While birding the Long Point area this past weekend, our small group came across several Pine Siskins (PISIs) hanging around a feeder and some nearby thickets. It took a while, but with some patience a few of the birds came out into the open and perched on some thin branches where I was able to capture some images with a blurred background. Of all the images I made, the photo above provided the cleanest background, in my opinion.
|1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc|
|1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 640, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc|
I like the above image because it shows the markings of PISI very well, especially the yellow infusions in the wings, the lower wing-bar and the tail. Additionally, the pointy bill and somewhat pale supercilium show well. I was pleased to get a nice catchlight in the beady eye.
|1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc|
Getting a reasonbly clear background that I could blur was not that easy. As the photo above shows, I had to deal with busy backgrounds most of the time. In fact, much of the time the siskins forraged amongst the thickets making unobstructed views impossible. A little patience paid off in this instance.
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